6. Nomination Process
To stand as a candidate at any election a nomination paper must be submitted. The nomination paper gives details of name, address and political description. A nomination paper has to be signed by the correct number of supporters and is then delivered by hand to the Returning Officer.
To stand as a candidate in a parish, town or community council election two people will need to sign the nomination paper. These two people are known as supporters.
To stand as a candidate in a borough council election 10 people need to sign the nomination paper.
Everyone signing the nomination paper must be included on the Register of Electors for the area in which the election is to be held (Borough/Parish or Community Ward). If someone signs your nomination paper and they are not included on the relevant Register of Electors, the paper will not be valid.
During an election some candidates appoint persons to assist them in their campaign. These are known as election agents and they are responsible for the financial management of your campaign. They arrange the appointment of other agents (polling and count). More information on the appointment of polling and counting agents will be given once the decison is made to stand for election.
Your name and address must be given in full. The law now limits the description candidates can use. For a borough council election, unless a person is standing on behalf of a political party, they may only use the word "Independent" or leave this part blank. Candidates cannot submit a nomination paper using a political party description unless they have permission to do so and a certificate from the appropriate party saying that they are allowed to use the description.